Wealth & Poverty Quotations


There is a reptile in the throat of the greedy man always thirsting and famishing. It is not his own natural hunger and thirst which he satisfies. — Journal, 2 September 1851—Journal, 2 September 1851
They, methinks, are poor stuff and creatures of a miserable fate who can be advised and persuaded in very important steps. — Journal, 27 December 1858—Journal, 27 December 1858
Truly, our greatest blessings are very cheap.—"Thomas Carlyle and His Works"
We seem to have forgotten that the expression "a liberal education" originally meant among the Romans one worthy of free men; while the learning of trades and professions by which to get your livelihood merely, was considered worthy of slaves only. But taking a hint from the word, I would go a step further and say, that it is not the man of wealth and leisure simply, though devoted to art, or science, or literature, who, in a true sense, is liberally educated, but only the earnest and free man.—"The Last Days of John Brown"
Wealth cannot purchase any great private solace or convenience. Riches are only the means of sociality. — Journal, 2 January 1842—Journal, 2 January 1842
Wealth, no less than knowledge, is power. — Journal, 25 January 1841—Journal, 25 January 1841
What you call bareness and poverty is to me simplicity.—Journal, 5 December 1856
When I read an indifferent book, it seems the best thing I can do, but the inspiring volume hardly leaves me leisure to finish its latter pages. It is slipping out of my fingers while I read. It creates no atmosphere in which it may be perused, but one in which its teachings may be practiced. It confers on me such wealth that I lay it down with regret. What I began by reading I must finish by acting.—Journal, 19 February 1841
When my eye ranges over some 30 miles of this globe's surface,—an eminence—green and waving with sky and mountains to bound it,—I am richer than Croesus. — Journal, 12 May 1850—Journal, 12 May 1850
Who will not confess that the necessity to get money has helped to ripen some of his schemes? — Journal, 6 February 1852—Journal, 6 February 1852
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